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Centennial Honors Extraordinary Youth in the Community

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The City of Centennial recognized three outstanding Centennial high school students with Youth Achievement Awards during a City Council meeting last night. The Youth Achievement Award honors and recognizes Centennial youth who have made a significant impact on the community through volunteer work or other special deeds that demonstrate exceptional leadership. The winners received $1,000 scholarships. The 2018 Youth Achievement winners are:

Spencer Christensen - Mr. Christensen is a senior at Arapahoe High School. He serves on the National Leadership Council whose mission is to foster leadership qualities, spiritual growth and cultivate service. On a mission trip, Mr. Christensen helped build a senior citizen dining room and taught English to students in Guatemala. He also has served as an after school tutor, a Link Crew member to mentor freshman at Arapahoe High School, and has volunteered for Littleton Stride races to help raise money for the Littleton Public Schools Foundation.  Mr. Christensen has helped over 700 children with resources and reading opportunities by volunteering 500 hours at Southglenn Library. Last year he was awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal for his volunteer service to the community. 

Rafael Levy-Diner - Mr. Levy-Diner is a senior at Arapahoe High School. Mr. Levy-Diner volunteers serving food at the Denver Rescue Mission. He also plays croquet, through the Jiminy Wicket program, with older adults who have dementia. He developed a close relationship with one of the participants and volunteered his time outside of the program for weekly visits even as the man’s disease progressed resulting in several different housing moves. Mr. Levy-Diner currently serves as President of the Arapahoe High School Key Club and the Class Representative for the Littleton School and District Accountability Committee.

Allie Wennerstrom - Ms. Wennerstrom is a senior at Arapahoe High School. She has volunteered for three years as a peer intern helping provide individual instruction to fellow students. Ms. Wennerstrom has volunteered at Camp Barnabas, a program dedicated to helping students with special needs and volunteered on a mission trip to Mexico. She serves as a coach for the Arapahoe High School Unified Basketball team, helping students with physical and mental disabilities. As a junior, she started the Arapahoe High School Unified Track team and recruited local police officers, fire fighters and area businesses to support the new group. Ms. Wennerstrom also serves as volunteer for students with autism and speech impediments at the Joshua School.

The Centennial Youth Commission and the City of Centennial’s Building Services provider, SAFEbuilt, provided $1,500 each to recognize these outstanding youth in the community. 

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